AICM fires at Tamworth festival

THERE was no doubt about it - Gympie country music students did their town, school, family and themselves proud at the Tamworth Country Music Festival last week.

All students representing the Australian Institute of Country Music (AICM) and Country Music School of Excellence (CMSOE) performed to such a high standard.

Besides Aidan Patrick's success in the Capital Country Music Association (CCMA) Talent Quest - instrumental section (see pg 4) and Alice Benfer being voted by 750 radio stations as the Best New Queensland Talent, all Gympie's students took their music careers to new levels.

Petah Jensen made it to top 20 in the songwriting section of the CCMA Talent Quest. Olivia Nolan and Talisha Young were runners up in the CCMA Talent Quest duo section and Olivia's band Disbanded (Aidan Patrick, Jasper Barr, Ben Wight) took third place in the Aristocrat Talent Quest.

Caitlyn Shadbolt reached the finals of the Yamaha Youngstars and her band Aiming High (Jake Whittaker, Kyle Salisbury, Brad Williams) achieved third place in the prestigious Coca Cola Battle of the Bands.

Young vocalists Sam McCann and Jed Gaze made the finals in the CCMA junior male vocal and Aidan Patrick was also a finalist in the Mount Franklin Talent Quest

CMSOE co-ordinator Ronnie J said the Gympie High students were picked up by AXIOM Entertainment, which booked them to play three shows at the Tudor Hotel, another three shows at the Locomotive Hotel, two at the City Plaza Stage and one at Farrer College Auditorium.

Gympie singers Grace Sleeman and Leticia Cumner both received encouragement award in the Locomotive Hotel Talent Quest and musician Sam McCann took third place behind Aiden in the CCMA Talent Quest instrumental section.

Alice Benfer's album, Mustering Up Country, earned her a Best New Talent award and VIP tickets to mingle with the legends and rising stars of the Australian country music scene at the CCMA party.

Alice made it to the finals of the Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year and will now tackle the Telstra Road to Tamworth this year.

Gympie Times


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